a flat stick or ruler used for punishing children
Origin of feruleMiddle English ferul ; from Classical Latin ferula: see ferula
to strike or punish with a ferule
An instrument, such as a cane, stick, or flat piece of wood, used in punishing children.
transitive verbfer·uled, fer·ul·ing, fer·ules
To punish with a ferule.
Origin of feruleMiddle English ferul, fennel stalk, from Latin ferula, fennel stalk, rod.
(third-person singular simple present ferules, present participle feruling, simple past and past participle feruled)
- To punish with a ferule.